October 26, 2014 at 10:30 am
Personal Empowerment and Group Healing
Speaker: Sunshine Dave
Sunshine Dave will be talking about how to access the divine power that lies within and navigating the energies of the New Earth. After the talk Dave will be facilitating a group Reiki/Vortex healing session.
Sunshine Dave came to earth to assist with the shift in consciousness we are experiencing at this time. His mission is to assist in the healing of our planet along with all beings open to receiving healing and guidance to access the Love and Light that lies within us all. Sunshine Dave is a Reiki Master Level healer and a Vortex Healing® Divine Energy Healing practitioner. His specialty is Shamanic healing. Dave is passionate about connecting and supporting the healers of Toronto and creates many free and donation based community healing events to share his gifts with others. Dave is also an Inspirational Speaker and Intuitive Counsellor.
November 2, 2014 at 10:30 am
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
On the day that we turn our clocks back one hour, we reflect on the theme of vulnerability. How do surrender, falling and even failure contribute to our growth? When we go through difficult times, are there teachings we can “fall back” to that allow us to move forward with strength?
Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She was the Intern Minister at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 2013-14 and will complete her Master of Divinity studies at Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) in 2015. In addition, Lynn is a recognized singer-songwriter whose music has been heard on CBC Radio’s “Vinyl Café”, “Fresh Air” and other programs.
November 9, 2014 at 10:30 am
To Be Decided
Speaker: Zan Banoo
Details to Come
November 16, 2014 at 10:30 am
Strength in Those Broken Places
Speaker: Chris Wulff
As Jean Vanier notes in his book Becoming Human, "Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness." We stand so often vulnerable and scared of being broken, and yet it is in those broken places that we are sometimes strongest. How do we take our vulnerability into the world to help others acknowledge their own and find our shared strength?
Christopher Wulff is a seminarian at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, preparing (maybe) for ordination (someday) as a Unitarian Universalist minister. A fifth-generation UU, he grew up at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, spent ten years at Kingston Unitarian Fellowship and now is back in Toronto. In addition to his being an OWL teacher and a Lay Chaplain with the congregation, he runs a small web development firm for community nonprofits and teaches in the Journalism degree program at Humber College.
November 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
Good Without God
Speaker: Justin Trottier
For 2500 years, ever since Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, philosopher's have known that God could not in and of itself serve as a foundation for morality. Yet while society has made impressive progress in ethical understanding, the casual belief in the intimate entwinement of religion and morals continues to go largely unquestioned. In fact surveys show that atheists are still the most reviled and distrusted minority, even insecular western countries. Justin Trottier will remark on why many doubt an individual can be genuinely good without god, how that attitude can be confronted and how it is that atheists, just like their believing friends, can lead good, meaningful and satisfying lives without god.
Justin Trottier is Spokesperson for the political advocacy nonprofit the Canadian Secular Alliance. He founded the Centre for Inquiry Canada, an educational charitable organization advancing science and secularism. He is a frequent speaker on church-state separation, skeptical inquiry and fundamental freedoms, and participates in debates and dialogue which bring together groups from vastly differing backgrounds and perspectives, exploring issues in ethics, religion, and politics. He has discussed atheism and non-belief on CBC The National, CTV's Canada AM, Global's 16:9, TVO's The Agenda, CTS, CityTV and OMNI. Justin produces Think Again! TV, an independent media outlet that uses investigative journalism to explore human rights issues, and serve as a watchdog for unfounded and dangerous claims. With a passion for science education, he also hosts The Star Spot, a space sciences themed podcast and radio show.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine